Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Rockets sign undrafted Young
Houston Rockets' B.J. Young, right, gets out in front of Utah Jazz's Alec Burks, left, on a fast break during an NBA summer league basketball game, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
FAYETTEVILLE BJ Young signed Monday with the Houston Rockets, ending a whirlwind month in which the former Arkansas standout went undrafted after forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility.
Young's deal is for three years with an unknown compensation, according to Houston Chronicle, though the newspaper reported Young had a "small first-year guarantee." If he were to make the Rockets' roster next season he would stand to make $490,180, the minimum pay for rookies according to terms in the league's 2011 collective bargaining agreement.
Young had previously signed a free agent contract with the Rockets' summer league team following the draft, averaging 11.8 points in four games. He scored 20 points in the Rockets' loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer league championship game over the weekend.
The St. Louis native led Arkansas in scoring as a freshman and sophomore, averaging 15.2 points per game last season. He joins former UA guard Patrick Beverley on the Rockets' roster, as well as Joe Johnson (Brooklyn Nets) and Ronnie Brewer (Thunder) as former Razorbacks currently in the NBA.